Opera Theater Of Cape Cod Announces Valentine's Celebration Gala
Love is in the air with Opera Theater of Cape Cod's (OTCC) Valentine's weekend benefit concert Some Enchanted Evening: A Valentine's Gala on Saturday, February 16, 7:00 pm, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St., Wellfleet. Joseph Turbessi serves as music director, and Ethan DePuy is stage director. Black-tie dress is encouraged, but optional. Proceeds from the performance fund OTCC's expenses for its production of Puccini's La bohème, being performed this summer.
OTCC's Some Enchanted Evening: A Valentine's Gala offers a night of exquisite opera music and captivating musical theater favorites in the beautiful setting of Wellfleet Preservation Hall, a perfect celebration opportunity for Valentine's Day aficionados. With a program centered around love and all its variations, the concert features select works of Verdi, Dvorak, Rodgers, Sondheim, Gounod and Puccini. Performing artists include Isabelle Zeledón, soprano, Eileen Christiansen, mezzo-soprano, Fausto Miro, tenor, and Thomas Lynch, baritone.
"We've designed a program with some of the most romantic music in musical theater and operatic repertoire. The audience will enjoy Rodger and Hammerstein's achingly beautiful bench scene from Carousel, as well as Rodolfo and Mimi's budding romance at the beginning of Puccini's La bohème," shares Turbessi, one of OTCC's three founding members and music director for the Gala. "We also explore the more comic side of romance in Sondheim's duet "Agony" from Into the Woods, and a scene from Gounod's Faust where a nosy neighbor tries to strike up a romance with the devil himself."
OTCC's artistic team trio includes Joseph Turbessi, a versatile musician in the greater Boston area, maintaining a career as an opera conductor, a vocal coach, a collaborative pianist and organist. He also serves as music director for Old South Union Church in Weymouth. Ethan DePuy brings a unique dramatic style to his work in pieces ranging from the Baroque period to today. DePuy is a highly sought-after tenor soloist for operas and concerts in the New England area and beyond, as well as providing stage direction for OTCC's inaugural production. Besides performing regularly as a soloist in New England, Eileen Christiansen is an active administrator and board member for several New England artistic non-profits and leads a thriving voice studio in Melrose.
Nicaraguan-American soprano Isabelle Zeledón seeks to forge cross-cultural connections through music. During the upcoming 2018-2019 season, Ms. Zeledón will make her role and company debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Boston Opera Collaborative, as well as performing in the New England premiere of The Handmaid's Tale with Boston Lyric Opera and La reine de Saba with Odyssey Opera. Ms. Zeledón recently completed her Professional Studies Certificate in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory, where she also received her MM in Opera Performance.
With a voice described as "richly resonant", mezzo-soprano Eileen Christiansen is a Boston-based singer of oratorio, opera, and art song. She's performed as a soloist with several choral ensembles throughout the New England area, ranging from Falmouth to Worcester. Favorite operatic roles include Carmen in The Tragedy of Carmen, an adaptation of Bizet's classic opera, the Mother in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Eileen is a founding member of Opera Theater of Cape Cod and leads a thriving voice studio on the North Shore.
Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for his "burnished tenor" and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for his "thrilling dramatic impact," the lyric tenor Fausto Miro has sung with some of the country's leading ensembles and is a critically acclaimed performer of concert and operatic repertoire. Recent operatic performances include Rodolfo in Puccini's La bohème with Boston Opera Collaborative, Catalbutte in the world premiere of Francine Trester's Sleeping Beauty at the Nahant Music Festival.
Thomas Lynch, baritone, has been singing opera and musical theater inside and outside of his studies for his MM through Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Recent performances include Dialogues of the Carmelites (Marquis de la Force), Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (Guglielmo), Rossini's Aureliano in Palmira (Gran Sacerdote), Verdi's Falstaff (Falstaff) and Bellini's I Capuletti e i Montecchi (Capellio). In this coming season, Mr. Lynch will be performing in The Consul (John Sorel) with the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
VERDI Libiamo! from La Traviata
Alfred: Fausto Miro, tenor, Violetta: Isabelle Zeledón, soprano, Ensemble: Eileen Christiansen, mezzo-soprano and Thomas Lynch, baritone
DVORAK Song to the Moon from Rusalka
Isabelle Zeledón, soprano
ROGERS Bench Scene from Carousel
Julie: Isabelle Zeledón, soprano, Billy: Thomas Lynch, baritone
SONDHEIM Agony from Into the Woods
Cinderella's prince: Fausto Miro, tenor, Rapunzel's prince: Thomas Lynch, baritone
GOUNOD Quartet from Faust
Marguerite: Isabelle Zeledón, soprano, Martha: Eileen Christiansen, mezzo-soprano, Faust: Fausto Miro, tenor, Mephistopheles: Thomas Lynch, baritone
SONDHEIM Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music
Eileen Christiansen, mezzo-soprano
PUCCINI A scene from La Bohème
Mimi: Isabelle Zeledón, soprano, Rodolfo: Fausto Miro, tenor
RODGERS Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific
Thomas Lynch, baritone
Opera Theater of Cape Cod debuted in 2018 as a chamber opera company dedicated to bringing high quality and accessible opera performances to the Cape Cod community. OTCC's vision is to enrich Cape Cod's vital art scene with exquisite singing and storytelling. The company's founding members are on a mission to ignite the Cape community's passion for opera, from longtime opera lovers to audience members new to the art form.
Tickets to Some Enchanted Evening are $50, which includes a post-performance reception with champagne and dessert bites. To purchase tickets, visit Brown Paper Tickets online at http://bpt.me/4052729. To learn more about the venue, visit wellfleetpreservationhall.org. For more information about OTCC, visit operatheaterofcapecod.com, on follow Opera Theater of Cape Cod on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.